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Are we beginning to exchange health data electronically?

Posted Jul 22 2009 11:06pm

Link: eHealth Inititative's annual survey reports sharp increase in data exchange | Healthcare IT News.

Web HIEs reportedly experienced " a positive impact on physician practices, allowing physicians to become more efficient through improved access to test results without disrupting care. Physicians also reported an improved quality of practice life – including less hassles looking for information and getting home sooner at the end of the day."

According to Health Data Management, the number of Health Information Exchanges is increasing and reporting benefit. In addition to cost savings, they report the following benefits:

  • reduced staff time spent handling lab and radiology results, reported by participants in 26 HIEs;
  • reduced staff time spent on clerical administration and filing (24);
  • decreased spending on redundant tests (17);
  • decreased cost of care for chronically ill (11); and
  • reduced medication errors (10).

A small step forward for EHR and data exchange, a giant leap toward adoption of viable electronic health records..

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